Reese Witherspoon is a lot like Jennifer Anniston. They both pretty… MoreReese Witherspoon is a lot like Jennifer Anniston. They both pretty much only do one character, but tweak it just a bit for different movies. Bearing that in mind, Witherspoon does a fantastic job in Wild. It's one of the few movies where there are no "good guys," no "bad guys," there are just people. Into The Wild, Worlds Fastest Indian. All incredible movies. All journey and discovery type movies. Wild has a more abrupt ending, but does manage to keep itself interesting the entire run-time (1:55).
There isn't much of a supporting cast to speak of. One actor is just plain bad. There are a couple of good supporting actors. Laura Dern stands out, but besides that, they could all have been replaced with anyone else and the same result would have been had. Not a lot of other actors could have done the same job as Witherspoon though.
I would tell my movie fan friends to go see this in movies. It's an Oscar contender with some good cinematography. Everyone else could wait to see it on TV.
In my opinion, Days of Future Past is the best of the X-Men franchise.… MoreIn my opinion, Days of Future Past is the best of the X-Men franchise. And I am enjoying the franchise. It's too bad they can't join the rest of the Marvel Universe, but they're keeping it afloat with good stories and wonderful actors. X-Men: Days of Future Past is definitely worth seeing.
12 Years A Slave is an intense movie. It's worth a watch, and I'm… More12 Years A Slave is an intense movie. It's worth a watch, and I'm sorry I didn't see it in theaters. Compared to todays films, 12 Years is worthy of the accolades it received.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is an OK movie. I wouldn't tell anyone to go… MoreExodus: Gods and Kings is an OK movie. I wouldn't tell anyone to go see this sort of messy and long movie in theaters, but it was OK. I'm not the slightest bit religious, but I did figure out it's bible related (after over the first 30 minutes). My guess is old testament.
It starts good enough, but gets weird. I'll say on it's behalf, that although it's long, there is little drag. The path the movie takes throws what started out good enough into a strange-fest of occurrences. It doesn't rebound much, but does give a good enough ending that I wasn't let down.
As I've said, Exodus is an OK movie. There is no reason to see it in theaters, but a movie channel watch would be worth it.
Dumb and Dumber To is a long way off the first. Both actors having… MoreDumb and Dumber To is a long way off the first. Both actors having moved on, they came together to do a pretty good sequel, but nothing like the first. It wasn't good enough to keep me from thinking about how awesome Jeff Daniels is in The Newsroom and all the great stuff Jim Carrey has done in the last couple decades as well. Carrey and Daniels don't have the same chemistry as they did in the first. That's what was the real downer for me. Kathleen Turner took some shots being in this film, but she was entertaining. This one is worth maybe renting, but I wouldn't be in a rush or get too excited.
THESE GUYS ARE FUNNY! I didn't see The Penguins of Madagascar being… MoreTHESE GUYS ARE FUNNY! I didn't see The Penguins of Madagascar being much, if any better, than the Madagascar films, which I didn't enjoy much at all. Their dialogue is just as funny in the end as the beginning. I'm a huge Malkovich fan and enjoyed him voicing Derrick... err... Dave. The other actors brought their characters to life and I enjoyed them immensely. The only thing I'd say is that they couldn't keep up the story's pace up. There was a long drag toward the end. They were able to recover and have a good ending. I'd say this is a movie worth going to see. I'm definitely watching The Penguins of Madagascar again.
Saying Horrible Bosses 2 isn't as good as the first isn't saying it's… MoreSaying Horrible Bosses 2 isn't as good as the first isn't saying it's not hilarious. The audience was laughing their butts off through the movie, and although they used many of the same jokes, it was more like Austin Powers 2 than Hangover 2.
Bateman, Day and Sudeikis have great chemistry and every supporting actor was just as funny as in the first movie. Kevin Spacey had me laughing so hard. Chris Pine fits right in with the rest of the cast.
If you liked the first Horrible Bosses, you'll enjoy part 2. If you want a good laugh, Horrible Bosses 2 is definitely worth watching.
The continued tradition of breaking up the final book continues as… MoreThe continued tradition of breaking up the final book continues as Mockingjay Part 1 slowly inches along to break up of an otherwise good franchise.
The thing about this one is that it doesn't completely blow. I'm not saying it's anything special. It has about an hour of drag to it. The good news is that they didn't try making it 3 hours long. The actors did just kind of stand, or sit, around and ramble to kill time. Gave me time to think about how much of a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
You could just rent this before Part 2 is released and it'll make things better than watching a 4+ hour movie cut in half and spread out by over a year. The thing is the little you'll miss will lose you if you skip to the second one.
Big Hero 6 is raking in the cash, and rightfully so. This movie is a… MoreBig Hero 6 is raking in the cash, and rightfully so. This movie is a definite hit for Disney in capitalizing on its owning Marvel.
The characters are incredible and Disney managed to make me like a big, robotic balloon. All of the characters work and the actors who voiced them were great. Only a few of the names stand out, but that isn't of great concern to me.
It has its dark moments, but I'm not sure the children will really understand them. This is definitely a film worth going to see in theaters.
When I was in my mid-20's and the internet craze started, I took some… MoreWhen I was in my mid-20's and the internet craze started, I took some time to teach myself basics of cosmology. I learned of a man named Stephen Hawking, read some of his stuff, and have known of him and been a fan since then. Now there is a movie about him, and it's a good tribute to one of the few scientists who has a fan club.
The cast is incredible. There are so many things that could have gone wrong to make this movie fail. Whoever did casting stepped on the right side of that fine line between failure and success. Eddie Redmayne is a name you're going to see during the awards season. At least as a mention. Felicity Jones is also great because a good portion of The Theory of Everything has to do with her. It would have gone very wrong if they focused the whole film on Stephen himself. Everyone else, including Charlie Cox in a strong supporting role, also pitches in to keep things afloat.
Director James Marsh doesn't do many things that get huge releases. Marsh is responsible for one of my favorite documentaries, Man on Wire (2008). I like what he does release that I get to watch and will continue to follow his career.
Don't expect a hard hitting film on Hawking's science. It's about the man. He's not made to be a great, noble person, merely to tell his story. And it's one I recommend watching.